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The African Institute for Development Policy (Afidep) has said women and girls are key in achieving goals set out in Malawi’s long-term development blueprint, Malawi (MW) 2063.

Speaking at the National Policy and Action Dialogue in Lilongwe, Afidep Executive Director Eliya Zulu said, for the nation to build quality human capital as defined in MW2063, no one should be left behind.

He lamented cases of abuse directed at women and girls.

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“Women and girls must be placed at the centre of the development agenda in the country. Many are the times when females are left behind on issues of national importance,” Zulu said.

First Lady Monica Chakwera, who graced the event, said there is a need for deliberate efforts to invest in the education of girls.

“For Malawi to end child marriages, boys and girls need to be treated as equals when it comes to education,” she said.

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The event was held under the theme ‘Harnessing the Gender Dividend in Accelerating the Achievement of Malawi 2063’.

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